RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification)
RFID tags consist of an integrated circuit (IC) attached to an antenna on a thin plastic sheet. Data is stored on the IC and transmitted through the antenna. Data transmission speed and range depend on the frequency used, antenna size, power output, and interference. Tags can be read-only, read-write, or a combination, in which some data (such as a serial number) is permanently stored, while other memory is left available for later encoding during usage. Encryption algorithms that ensure security and integrity of the data passing between the tag and reader may protect transmissions.
RFID provides a quick, flexible, and reliable electronic means to detect, identify, track, and hence manage a variety of items. The technology is well-suited for many operations in all types of industries. Because RFID technology uses radio waves, smart tickets can be read through dirt, paint, and many non-metallic objects. RFID smart tickets feature anti-collision technology, which lets you scan and identify several objects simultaneously, such as totes of supplies. Applications include ticketing (sports, concerts, ski lifts, etc), warehouse/logistics, airline baggage tracking, returnable plastic containers/pallets, library book/video check-out, sensitive document tracking, supply chain management, anti-counterfeiting, and pharmaceuticals.
Printing and Encoding Smart Tickets
BOCA’s Smart ticket (RFID) printers enable users to create smart tickets on demand and encode them with variable information. The printers use ticket stock that incorporates blank RFID tags sandwiched in the ticket stock. Smart ticket printers function as traditional printers when creating bar codes, graphics, and human-readable text. However, they also have an RFID encoder embedded inside the printer. Before the ticket is printed, the RFID data is encoded on the tag. Following encoding, the ticket is then fed forward for printing. An error message prints over the ticket if the tag does not read or its data does not verify, voiding the ticket for use.
The encoding and verification process, which can take milliseconds to seconds depending on the amount of data to be stored in the RFID tag, makes smart ticket throughput somewhat slower than comparable bar code printers. In practice, this slower speed has not been a drawback because smart tickets generally are not used for high-volume, high-throughput applications. The tags used in smart tickets are made from flexible material that does not damage the print head. The integrated circuit may create an uneven surface, which can affect print quality, but this problem is easily avoided by using thicker ticket material or by avoiding printing directly over the IC. BOCA’s smart ticket printers are capable of printing and encoding smart tickets embedded with RFID tags in a single pass.
Supported Tag Types
• MIFARE Ultralight (ISO 14443A) – 13.56MHz
• MIFARE 1K (ISO 14443A) – 13.56MHz
• MIFARE 4K (ISO 14443A) – 13.56MHz
• I-Code SLI (SL2) (ISO 15693) – 13.56MHz
• I-Code SLIX (ISO 15693) 13.56MHz
• ISO 18000-6C/EPC C1 GEN2 – 840-960MHz
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